Poland received only 20 Leopard 2A4 tanks to compensate for the 240 T-72A and T-72M1 tanks that it had delivered to Ukraine. Before that, Warsaw wanted Berlin to supply them with at least 44 of these tanks to ensure defensive strength.

A few weeks ago, Poland decided to deliver 240 Soviet-made T-72A and T-72M1 tanks as part of a military aid package to Ukraine. At that time, Germany announced its support for Poland by delivering Leopard 2A4 tanks to compensate Poland. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said in an interview that Warsaw would like at least 44 tanks to equip an entire tank battalion.

After delivering about 240 T-72 tanks to Kyiv, in return, Warsaw signed a contract for the purchase of 250 tanks of the latest modification M1A2 Abrams SEPV3 from the United States for the rearmament of the 18th mechanized division. It is planned that the first “Polish” M1A2 SEPv3 will be assembled at the end of 2024, and deliveries to Poland will begin at the beginning of 2025. Also, the Polish army will receive 116 M1A1 Abrams tanks from the US Army. In addition, it is planned to sign a contract with South Korea for the supply of approximately 180 K2 tanks in three batches in the K2NO version developed for Norway.

To compensate for the loss of main battle tanks after transferring to Ukraine and waiting for the American Abrams M1A2 and M1A1 tanks, Poland wishes to quickly receive 44 German Leopard 2A4 tanks, so as not to weaken combat capabilities of the armed forces. Germany also stockpiled a batch of 78 Leopard 2A4 tanks that could be delivered to Poland. However, for some reason, Berlin only delivered 20 of them to Warsaw.

The Leopard 2A4 is the most popular version of the Leopard 2 family – the main battle tank developed by the Krauss Maffei Corporation in the early 1970s for the West German Army. 695 tanks were built between 1985 and 1992, while the remaining machines from previous versions were upgraded to the 2A4 level. Thus, until 1994, Germany had a total of 2,125 Leopard 2A4. The Netherlands purchased another 445 tanks, and Switzerland produced under license 380 Panzer 87 Leopard tanks.

The Leopard 2A4 variant includes many significant changes over the original such as a digital fire control system that can handle new ammunition types, an explosive reactive armor system and an improved turret with flat titanium-tungsten armor.

After 2000, some of the German and Dutch tanks were sold to friendly countries around the world. The version features improved turret armor, a digital ballistic calculator, new ammunition, and a new automatic fire system. The tank is now painted with tri-color camouflage paint.



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